Cub Scout Advancement Changes
Effective December 1st
National has announced major changes to the Cub
Advancment requirements - see the
Advancement page for details
Taughannock District Day of Planning
January 14, 2017
Dryden Village Hall
Our annual Day of Planning is when the Taughannock
District plans out its calendar for the next 18 months. We'll be
reviewing the current schedule and setting new dates through July 2018.
This is your chance to have an input on our District's goals and
activities for the coming Scouting years!
For information, contact the District Chair at chair@TCScouts.org
Please note that the date of the planning day has been
pushed back one week to avoid conflicting with Chenango District's
planning day (our new DE covers both districts).
Hiawatha District Mall Show - February 4th
Our neighboring district to the South is having a Mall
Show and Pinewood Derby on February 4th at the Oakdale Mall.
For more information see our Activities page
2017 Journey to Excellence Worksheets are Available
You can find them on the Advancement
and Recognition page
Taughannock District Welcomes its new
Senior District Executive and Cub Scout Associate
The Baden-Powell Council has appointed Christian Averill
as Senior District Executive. He will be responsible for serving the
both the Taughannock District (Tompkins and Cortland Counties) and the
Chenango District (Chenango County), effective November 1st. He will be
responsible for supporting the Boy Scout, Venturing, Exploring and Sea
Scout programs in the two districts, as well as working with
District-level volunteers on the District Committee and Commissioner
Corps. Christian has been serving the Chenango District for some time as
Stacy Hall is currently serving the Cub Scout programs
in the two southern districts of the Baden-Powell Council - Hiawatha and
Delahanna. She will be moving back home to work in Taughannock and
Chenango Districts as Cub Scout Associate, as soon as a replacement can
be found in her present positions. This should be accomplished by the
end of the year.
Until our two new professionals are settled in, the
Council Field Director, Frankie Sears, will continue to help with the
Both Christian and Stacy can be contacted through the DE@TCSCouts.org
Sea to Mountain Top: Ship 25's Summertime Adventure
From the ocean to the highest mountain peak in the northeast, Ship
25-NY enjoyed some true high adventure this summer. Twenty Two people
traveled over an 8 day period enjoying adventures across Maine and New
Read more on the District
Aviation Explorer Post 62 - East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport
If you know anyone
between 14-20 years old who is interested in flying, invite him or her
to come to our meeting and join Post 62!
You can find more
information and our annual calendar on our web
page, and also on our Facebook
page. For ongoing information, join our Google
Group. If you're interested, send an e-mail
to Mike Brown or call 607-844-8584.
Our Cub Scouts had a great time
"Camp Cretaceous" - 2016 Camp Barton Cub Resident Camp
Click on the picture or
here for the whole story and more pictures!
The 51st annual NYGARD Regatta was held over Memorial
weekend in Scotland, Maryland.
Read more about it, with more pictures, on the District
the 2017 Baden-Powell Council
Okpik Cold Weather Camping Course
January 8 and February 10-12, 2017
See the Training page
Merit Badge Counselors: Renew Online
In late November, all Merit Badge Counselors received a
letter from the Baden-Powell Council asking them to re-register.
The letter said that counselors could re-register through the Council
website. Counselors can also re-register through this website.
See the Advancement Page for
instructions and a form.
Venturing Leader Specific
From BSA National: 03/02/2016
Connecting volunteers to the learning content they need when they
need it is the purpose of the new BSA LearnCenter. New Venturing content
has been added to the learn center consisting of 14 e-learning modules.
It provides training on key topics such as selecting youth officers,
building a crew budget and annual program planning, making it possible
for Venturing leaders to complete position specific training online.
Position specific training is delivered in three parts, or learning
plans. Each learning plan is designed for the specific position and is
recommended to be taken before the first meeting, within the first 30
days, and within 90 days. The training program is self-paced, allowing
volunteers to complete their training at their own pace.
Training is found on My.Scouting.Org
under Home, My Dashboard, My Training, or, click the Position Specific
Training image on the right side of the home page.
Are you getting The Link?
The Baden-Powell Council has begun sending out a
bi-weekly e-newsletter called The Link.
If you did not receive a copy recently, then you should sign
up through the Council to get on the mailing list!
Announcing the Troop 4
Centennial Good Turn Challenge!
Since 1916, Troop 4 has been serving the Ithaca
community. As a part of their centennial celebration this year, the
Scouts of Troop 4 have committed to
complete 100 hours of service to their community. That’s 100 hours
Further, Troop 4 is challenging the rest of the
Taughannock District to join them in making a real difference in our
communities during their centennial year.
If every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer, Venturer, and Scout leader in
our district (not to mention every Commissioner and District person)
joins Troop 4 (there are more than 700 of us, as of December 31st) , we
can do thousands of acts of service this year. If only 500 of us did
just 200 good turns each this year (roughly one every other day), that
would be (hmmm, let me see… 500 x 200 = 100,000) ONE HUNDRED
THOUSAND GOOD TURNS!
that’s the challenge:
One hundred thousand Good Turns in 2016!
If every Scout did a good turn every day (hmmm… Do
a Good Turn Daily - what a good idea!), then we’d blow that number
So, how do you go about participating? It’s easy. Do
at least one good turn daily. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10 seconds
or 10 hours, they all count! In fact, if you’re doing a service
project, you can count each hour as a separate good turn. Keep track of
how many good turns you and your Scouts do.
Report your totals each month! It's easy - you
can report them:
Write it down at Roundtable - we'll have a check-off
sheet by unit, just enter the total number for your unit since the
last time you reported.
By email to GoodTurn@TCScouts.org
On our Track
It Forward Good Turn website - just set up an account. After
that you just enter a number, pull-down a menu for your unit, and
you're done! Anyone can set up an account - we recommend one per
unit, but if one of your Scouts or Venturers wants his or her own,
go for it!
If you're entering a service project by your unit
into the National Service Project tracking system, no need to do
anything else - you're done! We'll get those numbers and count one
Good Turn per person-hour.
Watch the total climb until we meet the challenge!
Here’s the fine print: Stay tuned for further
developments. We’re working on recognition for everyone who
participates. We’re working on a list of what qualifies as a good
turn, in case there’s a question. While we work on these things, we’re
asking you and your Scouts (that means all of us, from our newest Tigers
to senior citizen Scouts) to do a good turn daily, and to report a
number of good turns that you do. Scout parents, too. Everyone can help!
We can and will make a difference. Scouting matters.
Do your best!
BSA National Websites for Scouting Information and
Scoutingwire (not to be confused
with Scout Wire) is a resource for all Scouters. The URL is http://scoutingwire.org/
and you can subscribe to regular updates.
Scouters in Taughannock
District units should consider signing up - it looks like it should be a
great resource. The Winter issue of The Commissioner newsletter is one
of the first articles.
You might also be interested in the blogs from BSA
BSA National's Recruiting
for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs on the latest National BSA
For the 2014 "Badge of Honor" materials, use http://www.scouting.org/badgeofhonor.aspx
Materials to help with your unit's recruiting efforts
Peer-to-Peer Business Cards
The best recruiters for your unit are your present
members! Prospective Cubs or Scouts will be much more likely to take a
look at your unit if they're asked by someone their own age. National
has provided forms for Peer-to-Peer Business Cards you can
use for your unit. Print these cards on pre-perforated Avery 8371 or
Staples 12522 Business Cards or the equivalent, or print on plain
8½x11" card stock and cut them to size on a paper cutter. Hand
them out to your youth members and let them give the cards to
Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the
back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a
specific event PDF
Boy Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the
back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a
specific event PDF
Happy Halloween Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards -
with Taughannock District website and e-mail - PDF
Ithaca School District Flyer Policy
All Ithaca units who are considering distributing
flyers through the Ithaca School District should review the School
District Flyer Policy.
Especially note the disclaimer which is required to be on every flyer
Advancement and Recognition
- Cub Advancement News: There were major changes effective
December 1, 2016. See our Advancement
page for more information.
- Scout Advancement News:
- 2016 Boy Scout Advancement Requirements will become
mandatory as of January 1st! If you have any Scouts who are
working to finish a badge under the old requirements, make sure
they finish up before December 31st, or they will have to switch
to the 2016 requirements. See our Advancement
page for more information.
- Life to Eagle Training will be offered at several
roundtables throughout the year. See the Advancement
Page for details.
- Merit Badge Counselor List: Download the latest list from the Advancement
- BSA introduced a number of new merit badges: watch our Advancement
page for details as they become available!
Sustainability - released July 15, 2013
Programming - released July 15, 2013
Digital Technology (replacing Computers) -
released April 16, 2014
Animation - released May, 2015
Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014
Signs, Signals and Codes - released February
Activity and Program News
See the Activities Page or
Camping Page for
information on upcoming events.
We're off to the South Seas for
our Winter Camporee!
January 21, 2017
See the Activity page
District Day of Planning is coming up - January
14th - this is your chance to have an input into the District's
Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for
Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:
(Cub, Scout and Venturing)
Advancement (Cub and Scout)
Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cortland
Long hours, no pay, great job
satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week),
so act NOW! Contact the District
Executive or District
Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
Former B-P Council President Mark Kreibel
is 2016 Silver Buffalo recipient
2016 Silver Buffalo Award class includes 13 Scouting volunteers whose
contributions to our movement on a national level are deserving of
the highest recognition the Boy Scouts of America can give to
These 12 men and one woman join the prestigious
list of Scouters who have received this award since 1926.
The list includes massive names in Scouting (Robert
Baden-Powell, “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt), Hollywood (Walt
Disney, Jimmy Stewart), sports (Yogi Berra, Archie Manning) and politics
(Gerald Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson).
And it also includes Scouters whose names you don’t know but whose
impact you can see and feel.
The men and women who wear the Silver Buffalo pendant suspended
from a red-and-white ribbon have diverse backgrounds but are united by
their commitment to the Scouting movement.
As a Scouting volunteer for three decades, Mark Kriebel has lived out
his belief that a single individual can change the life of a youth
forever. In fact, he has changed the lives of thousands of youth, most
of whom will never know his name.
Kriebel’s most visible service has involved jamborees. He has been
a national jamboree subcamp, base camp and regional chief and twice
served as a world jamboree regional chairman. In preparing for the first
world jamboree after the 9/11 attacks, he worked tirelessly to assure
parents that their children would be safe halfway around the world.
As the inaugural chairman of the BSA’s New Unit and Retention
Committee, Kriebel oversaw development of the Unit Performance Guide,
which unit-serving professionals across the country use to extend and
strengthen the Scouting program.
Kriebel has also served as a regional vice president, area president
and vice president, and council president and vice president. He has
taught at the Philmont Training Center seven times and has served on
countless camp visitation teams.
A lifelong Rotarian, Kriebel has spoken to clubs on six continents
about how service to youth is critical to Rotary’s success. He is the
incoming president of the International Fellowship of Scouting
Rotarians, which promotes cooperation between Rotary and Scouting.
A Distinguished Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow Vigil member,
Kriebel has received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He is
a James E. West Fellow.
Kriebel is the president of Arranged Sound Inc. He holds a bachelor
degree in communications from Ithaca College.
Kriebel and his wife, Pat, have two children (including one Eagle
Scout) and two grandchildren.
See the Baden-Powell
BSA Announces two new members of the National Key 3
At the Annual Meeting in May, the Boy Scouts of
America announced that new a National President and National
Commissioner would be taking office.
BSA's 36th national president.
Stephenson, in the BSA’s official
release about his election, called the BSA “one of the
best character-building and leadership development organizations
in the world.”
“The values Scouts learn as young men — integrity,
selflessness and self-reliance — are fundamental to a
strong, healthy society,” he said. “It’s no surprise that
so many of America’s leaders, in every field of endeavor and
from all walks of life, have Scouting in their backgrounds.”
Stephenson, in his volunteer role, joins Chief Scout
Executive Mike Surbaugh and National Commissioner
Charles Dahlquist to form the National
Stephenson takes the leadership baton from former defense
Robert M. Gates and will serve two consecutive one-year
terms. Stephenson has been a friend of Scouting and pivotal
BSA leader for some time. He joined the BSA National Executive
Board in 2005 and became a member of the executive committee in
He served as chairman of the 2013 National Jamboree — the
first at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.
Surbaugh thanked Gates for his leadership, saying “we will
remain eternally grateful to you and your unwavering leadership
and commitment to Scouting.”
Surbaugh then expressed his enthusiasm for working
with Stephenson over the next two years.
“Moving forward in our mission to serve America’s youth
by teaching them leadership and developing their character, Mr.
Stephenson is a shining example,” Surbaugh said. “As the
leader of one of the world’s most innovative communications
companies, Mr. Stephenson will help us fuel our effort to bring
fresh, relevant and high impact experiences to youth and
Charles W. Dahlquist
BSA's Tenth National Commissioner
The transition of a National Commissioner is rarer than that
of National President and Chief Scout Executive. In fact, Mr.
Dahlquist becomes only the tenth National Commissioner in the
movement’s history, following Tico Perez, who previously
served in the role for eight years. In this volunteer role, Mr.
Dahlquist will lead efforts to help chartered organizations and
BSA leadership achieve the aims of Scouting to benefit 2.3
million youth members the BSA serves today.
A member of the National Executive Board from 2004 – 2009
and again commencing in 2015, Mr. Dahlquist began his adult
service to the BSA in 1975 when he became a Unit Commissioner in
the National Capitol Area Council. He was also a Cub Scout, Boy
Scout and Explorer in Boise, Idaho as a youth. Dahlquist is a
former Scoutmaster and Explorer adviser and has also served as
vice president of Exploring and as Council President of the
Great Salt Lake Council of the BSA. He has previously received
the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards as
well as the National Venturing Service Award and served as
assistant head chaplain and head chaplain for the 2005 and 2010
National Scout Jamborees, respectively; as well as the
contingent chair for the BSA’s participation in the 2015 World
Scout Jamboree in Japan.
“Scouting, in all its programs, is more relevant and needed
by youth and families today than ever before to help develop
character and leadership that will empower this generation to
face the challenges of the future.” said Mr. Dahlquist. “I
am honored to build on the tradition that Tico Perez established
before me to serve as the National Commissioner to continue to
strengthen the bonds between the Boy Scouts of America and our
charter organizations that deliver the program in communities
A Utah native, attorney and civic and community leader,
Charles Dahlquist has also served as Young Men General President
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chair of the
General Church Scouting Committee from 2004-2009 and served as a
Mission President for the LDS Church in the Germany Hamburg
“The energy that Charles Dahlquist brings as the incoming
National Commissioner uniquely reflects his deep understanding
of the instrumental role our many valued charter partners play
in bringing Scouting to life for youth across America,” said
Mike Surbaugh, BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “We look forward
to the powerful impact we know Charles will have in this role as
he further grows and strengthens relationships with our charter
Mr. Dahlquist assumes the position as national commissioner
What's New? Updated Content on the
December 28, 2015 - The Council Merit Badge
Counselor list on the Advancement Page
January 9, 2016
March 23: Note on updated requirements for
Cooking Merit Badge
April 17: Added pictures from Awards Social to Scrapbook
May 22: Added photos from Fly-o-Ree
June 2: Added information on new Field Director,
Silver Buffalo Mark Kreibel, Field Director Frankie Sears, link
to online renewal for Merit
Badge Counselors; also added Dave Gross' photos from Fly-o-Ree
June 16: Added photos from Ship 25's NYGARD
Sept 10: Added photos from Cub
Sept 14: Added information about the Fall
Camporee - Added page for Post 62
October 18th - Added photos and story about Ship
25's summer activities to Scrapbook
November 18th - New content on Advancement
Page: Merit Badge Counselor list updated - added links
to 2017 Journey to Excellence worksheets
Ever wonder how many different Council and District
patches we've had?
Is your collection complete? Mine isn't, but it's
close. Take a look at this page and see
which you're missing (or I am).